Orlando Vacation Accommodations Planning Guide
The first thing you will want to do when you plan your vacation to Orlando
is to book your place to stay. Here in Orlando you have many options…you
can stay in a hotel, vacation home, or a townhome/condo. Below we have broken
each one of these sections and we have listed articles which will assist you
in deciding on what type of accommodations will fit you and your party needs
So you have decided that a hotel fits your family best. Here are a few tips
to make sure you stay in the right hotel.
1. Location- The first thing you will want to do is
decide on what area of Orlando you would like to stay. Here at Orlandovacation.com
we recommend staying near Disney World, all of the theme parks are located
within 10 minutes of each other and many of the Disney World hotels offer
free shuttle to Universal Studios. Since there are so many hotels built around
Disney World the competition brings the nightly rates down quite a bit. Here
is a great article which outlines the three most
popular hotel areas in Orlando.
Property or Off Property- There are 30,000 hotel rooms which are
located on Disney World property, and as with anything there are benefits
of staying on property and benefits
of staying off property. The two articles which are linked above go
in to great detail about the pros and cons of both. Please note, if you
are looking to save money then you will want to stay at a hotel which is
located off property.
2. Family Habits- Decide on what is important to you and
your family, and this will help you decide on which hotel is best for you.
If you have small children which you think need to come back to the hotel
room for a nap everyday then you will want to probably stay at a hotel on
Disney World property, which runs free shuttle service to and from the parks
every 30 minutes. If you have older children and you are going to be at the
parks from sun up to sun down, then a more economical hotel off property might
work well for you.
Write down amenities which are important
to you- The best thing to do is write down the perfect hotel amenities
for your family and this will help you decide on the perfect hotel.
3. Rates- When you first start your search for a hotel you
will probably notice the low nightly rates as compared to other cities. Don’t
let these rates fool you, Orlando is the largest family destination place
in the World, and we have literally hundreds of hotels located throughout
the city. Since we have some many hotel rooms to offer, the nightly rates
are usually much lower.
4. Book Early- If you are looking to save money plan your
vacation and book early. As the hotels start to fill up the nightly rates
go up as well.
5. Resort Fees- Almost every hotel in Orlando charges a
resort fee so when you are making a reservation please take notice of these
fees. Some of the hotels charge a low nightly rate and then raise their resort
fees to be as much as $12 to $15 a night…Ouch!
Vacation homes in Orlando are extremely popular and a great place for families
to save money. Here are a few tips and articles to make sure you pick the
right vacation home. Here is an article talking about the 10
benefits of staying in a vacation home.
1. Location- All of the vacation homes we represent is located
within 15 minutes to Disney World. Some of our homes are located in Davenport
and some of our homes are located in Kissimmee. In order to assist you here
are two articles which should help you decided which area is best for your
Article and Davenport
2. Amenities- All of the homes we represent have fully functional
kitchens, full baths, all the towels, linens, pots, pans, plates and silverware,
plus the homes also have full size washer and dryers, and multiple TVs. Here
is a great article on what
to expect when staying in our vacation homes. Please note, almost everything
is provide but we only give you starters sets of toilet paper, paper towels,
dish washing detergent, etc. If you are staying for an extended period of
time you will probably need to purchase more of these items.
3. Pools- All of the homes have swimming pools. The larger
the home, the larger the pool. Some families decide to upgrade even if they
only need a 3 bedroom home opt for a 5 bedroom home to get the larger pool.
One thing that you will want to know if you are visiting during the winter
months is the pool
heat…there is a charge to have the pools heated in the winter months.
Here is a great
video about the pools.
4. Picking Your House- You have pretty much three options
when choosing a vacation home through Orlandovacation.com:
Standard Home- Our least expensive options is the standard
homes. These homes are located in the same neighborhood as the executive
homes, and they have the same amenities and feel of the executive homes.
The only difference is the interior is not decorated as nice as an executive
home. The pools in the standard homes are a great option if you are looking
to save money or if you feel most of your time in Orlando is going to be
spent at the theme parks.
- Executive Homes- All of our executive homes have been
professionally decorated by a local interior decorator and they have a WOW!
Factor when you walk into them as compared to the standard homes. Since
these homes are more lavish in décor the nightly rates is usually
$10 to $20 more per night.
- Specific Vacation Home- This is new for 2013, we are
now giving our clients the option to view pictures of the vacation homes
we represent and choose a specific home they would like to stay in. In order
to do this the rates had to be raised about $10 to $15 more per night as
compared to the executive level homes, but this option does give you the
most peace of mind as now you know the exact house you will be staying in.
Condos and Townhomes
One of the most popular accommodations we represent are the condos and townhomes.
These products are perfect for a family that still wants all the amenities
of 4 or 5 star hotels while having the extra space of a vacation home.
1. Pools- All of the condos and townhomes we represent has
large community pools and some even have private pools connected to the units.
This is great in the winter months, this way you will not have to pay for
Our most popular condos are the Mystic
Dunes Resort and our most popular townhomes are the Windsor
Palms and Terra